Directed the 12-2 Rockets into the Class 3A state championship game, the fourth time in 13 years a Hamilton-coached team reached the title game. All 19 of his Unity teams have qualified for the postseason.
Season highlight: “We had a lot of really big shoes to fill from the 2011 season, and with all of the injuries we really had to battle to keep kids ready to play. A Justin Deters-to-Derek Hooker pass in Week 7 in the final minute at Monticello really helped us toward accomplishing a team goal of winning the Okaw Black Division. As the playoffs started, we finally began to get healthy. The 2012 season was a great pleasure for me to coach. We had a great group of football players and, more importantly, a great group of young men. The kids and community fought until the end at Memorial Stadium, but it was not enough to get us the ultimate goal,” Hamilton said.
A few of my favorite things: Country music ... “A Few Good Men” ... “Criminal Minds” ... Steak dinner ... Ribeye ... St. Louis Cardinals baseball ... Worked at Hardin-Calhoun as a math teacher, football, basketball and baseball assistant coach ... Local sports guys ... Engineer ... On my bucket list, to win a state championship, hit a hole-in-one and retire to a warm place with Kim.
About Coach Hamilton: “Playing for Coach Hamilton is truly an opportunity of a lifetime. The way he carries himself as a person and a coach is something we as players idolize and try to model. His on-the-field demeanor is full of emotion and excitement, and a lot of what he does on the sidelines and in practice has a tremendous positive effect on how we play. Everything we do is taught to be done right and to our fullest potential no matter what the situation is or who we are playing. This has rubbed off on us in a lot of ways, for example in the classroom. We had very little to no players being ineligible to play throughout my entire four years playing under him. He is not only a passionate coach but also a very compelling person off the field. I knew coming in as a freshman that I was about to experience something special, and I did. The four years playing under Coach Hamilton and his staff impacted my life in countless ways, and every single thing I experienced changed my life for the better. Developing the winning-yet-humble attitude is something every person who has had the opportunity to play under him will tell you how much it carries over into life on and off the field. Unfortunately, the four years go by in the blink of an eye, and in the end we are left with great memories, life lessons and many other experiences that we will hold onto for a lifetime, and it is all thanks to Coach Hamilton and his staff.” — Mitch Negangard, senior linebacker